The Holy Rosary Catholic Parish In Kensington

Mercy Spirit Award

In 2013 Holy Rosary Primary School introduced the Mercy Spirit Award.  The idea for this award was  proposed by a  past student,  Alex Oswald.  Presented annually in the form of a perpetual shield, it is given to the student who most displays the Mercy ethos of care, compassion and inclusion; a student who helps make the school a better place by acting as Jesus' hands.


Alex Oswald says  "The idea of the Mercy Award occurred to me when we were going out to a family dinner near the Maribyrnong River, after I had won the Flemington Rotary prize. The prize was awarded to the students who showed the ‘Holy Rosary spirit’ – including values of mercy, respect, care, compassion and responsibility. It occurred to me, why don’t we honor the generations of Mercy Sisters who have taught students this code through their example? Surely a student who shows the Holy Rosary spirit should be acknowledged for their commitment to the teachings of the school with an award named after the Sisters. This seemed especially important at the time as Sr. Kerry Thomas, the last serving Mercy Sister in a principal role, was retiring. This award would not only benefit the students but would also serve as a reminder to the community of the great and rich history of the Mercy sisters in the area. That’s why I believed a “Mercy Award” was a necessity. I appreciated the fact that Ms. Amanda, the current Principal of Holy Rosary, let my idea become a reality."


The 2013 winner, James Calafati from Grade 3/4J was presented with the shield at a special mass on Friday October 18th.  Alex Oswald presented the award and says   "I felt proud to present this year’s award, along with Sr. Kerry, to James Calafati and offer him my congratulations. For me, James’s win is so special as it proves the Holy Rosary motto – that great things happen in a small school everyday!".